From the bride: “Small, personal, and so sweet. Rex and I are so thankful for all that happened because it forced us into the wedding that we should have planned all along.”
As you can imagine or have experienced yourself, planning a wedding during a Pandemic can be uncertain. Combine that uncertainty with the startup of a new business project with your fiancé and you have the Perfect Dance of pivoting from plans.
Kathryn and Rex’s planned wedding was to be a summer garden affair on the grounds of Georgia’s Barnsley Gardens Saturday, June 13th 2020. COVID was not on anyone’s radar at this stage of planning as the wedding gown was purchased along with the chosen soft pink bridesmaids’ dresses to complement the flowering garden scenery. Once COVID became a much more serious issue, Barnsley Gardens closed the property. Kathryn and Rex then chose to postpone their wedding for November 28th, 2020 at the church where Kathryn grew up in Marietta Georgia with the reception at her parents’ Country Club. This was just the first of as Kathryn states, “a laundry list of things that continued to go wrong”.
As Kathryn and Rex danced their way through a bridesmaid’s dress not fitting properly due to a new pregnancy, the minister taking a vacation, bridal showers canceled, the groomsmen’s suits ill-fitting, hairdresser canceling at the last minute as well as a bridesmaid bail for fear of COVID, they were also juggling the startup of a new business project set to launch 3 days before the new wedding date.
After the Church had decided guests, as well as the wedding party, would have to be wearing masks during the ceremony, Kathryn decided to once again pivot. She asked her parents if they could have the ceremony in their backyard.
From the bride: “They reluctantly agreed, feeling very uncertain about the weather. The whole day was in the home I grew up in. All of us girls got ready in the house and the ceremony was in the courtyard, which was the perfect size for 75 guests. Walking out of the basement door with my Dad, in the home that we have so many memories in, was such a special moment I'll never forget. Makes me a little teary just writing about it. There were candles EVERYWHERE and lights in all the trees. At the last minute, I had the idea to gather all my parent's rugs and use them for the aisle. It totally completed the whole look.”
Kathryn had a quick professional wardrobe change to meet her dance partner for life on the platform where they both thrive. Together they had their first Perfect Dance as husband and wife.
OurPerfectDance.com (online wedding dance lessons) is the startup project Kathryn and Rex Jones launched amongst the chaos of COVID.
“As I said before, our actual wedding day was everything it should have been. Small, personal, and so sweet. Rex and I are so thankful for all that happened because it forced us into the wedding that we should have planned all along.”
Photographer: Hannah Forsberg
Dress: Waltz by Blue Willow Bride Anne Barge Bridal Atelier
Hair: Josie LaBara
Makeup: Amanda Ford, Lace Cosmetics
Flowers: Stylish Stems
Ceremony Venue: The Home of Dr. Robert and Judith Harper
Reception Venue: Marietta Country Club